Distribution of the HUB sets is well under way with 50% of orders now dispatched. At this rate distribtution should be complete before the end of January. We are ringing many modellers to varify order and address details so if you have not received your order and wish to ring to confirm your details please feel free to do so.
There has been some discussion on the colouring of the window glass in the HUB sets with a suggestion that green tinted glass was used in the car windows.
Eureka was aware of this debate prior to the decision on the window glass colour to be used in the models and investigated the issue thoroughly before the decision to use clear windows was taken.
Since delivery of the model commenced this discussion has again flared up and so, to be doubly sure Eureka has again checked the facts in relation to the colour of the window glass used in the prototype sets.
This time, an ex-CME who managed Carriage Works for fifteen years was approached for a comment on the issue. He stated quite definitely that the HUB sets were issued to service with clear glass windows. The windows consisted of a double pane of glass with a gap between the two panes. A system utilising gel crystals was used to remove any moisture that got into the gap bewteen the glass panes. These crystals had to be replaced each time a car came in for a service and the window panes were never replaced with other than panes of clear glass.
To further re-inforce the clear glass argument it was pointed out that the technology for tinting glass did not become widely available for another twenty years after the introduction of the HUB sets and the first order for tinted glass by the NSW Railways was for use on the Interurbans.
It may well be that in service the windows on the Hub cars appeared to have a green hue but this was not due to any tinting of the glass.
The real discussion now should be over what may have caused the appearance of any green hue in the windows on the cars when they were in service.